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India makes medical achievement-first successful uterine transplants

Context

  • India witnessed the first uterine transplants of two patients at Galaxy Care Laparoscopy Institute (GCLI)
  • The woman from Solapur suffers from congenital uterus absence.
  • She was fitted with her mother’s womb, which was retrieved mainly through laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery after a nine-hour operation on May 18.
  • The other woman from Baroda had a dysfunctional uterus and was suffering from Asherman’s Syndrome (adhesions or internal scar tissues)
  • About 20 uterine transplant operations have been performed around the world to date.

Post Surgery

  • Both the patients are in good health.
  • After internal tests, the doctors found out that the inner lining of the uterus in both cases has thickened while the blood parameters are within normal range.
  • Sperms had been taken from the respective husbands of the patients and eight embryos had been frozen.
  • There will be a wait for another six months at least before the embryos are implanted in the transplanted wombs.
  • The hospital has received more than 80 applications since the transplants.
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